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The Incarnational Life - p.6 Rituals and the Enactment of the Gospel - p.8 Born and Born Again - p.10 Kramer Chapelâ€”The Jewel of the Seminary - p.12 In The Field - p.14
PRESIDENT Dear Friend in the Faith,
“How?” “Why?” These questions come naturally to human beings. They mark us as reflective creatures made in the image of God. They have released immense energy and ingenuity into the world. An old, even ancient, “how” question which still challenges us is “how the one relates to the many?” (i.e. how do particular things relate to the whole pattern of the world?) Is there an underlying structure which explains each part? Is there something basic and foundational behind the vast variety which we experience? This “how” question was posed repeatedly by the early Ionian philosophers of the sixth century B.C. “How” they asked, “do the various elements of the world relate to one another?” Thales suggested that the key component of the world was water; Anaximenes proposed vapor, and Anaximander offered change. “How?” From Einstein’s theory of relativity to Dr. Hawkins’ current search for a “grand unified field” theory, the search is still on for an answer to “how the parts of the universe relate to the whole.” If such a question still eludes our capacity to explain, matters become even less clear when the question “Why” is raised. Why are we here? Why should we do one thing and not another? In prestigious universities voices increasingly say that humans must simply give up on the questions of both “How” and “Why.” The reason, they suggest, is that “all truth is tribal.” To search for an explanation that is inclusive and basic to all of creation and all of humanity is simply futile. Rather, deconstructionists and post-modern pundits assert that the contradictory and fragmentary character of the world should be confessed and embraced as the only plausible viewpoint. The result of such a perspective is concrete brokenness and painful fragmentation in the lives of men, women and children. Broken families, broken friendships, broken promises—the evidence abounds that there are profound fissures not only between things, but also between people. The pain and the brokenness threaten not only the home but our societal structures as well. Sacred Scripture offers a radically different explanation. Scripture claims that our desire to be like God fragmented our world. Now we are separated from God, from the world, from our neighbor, and even from a correct understanding of ourselves. To delve into the cosmos, to search within our own psyche, to break down particles into even smaller units—such striving has not produced the answers to “How” or “Why.” The deconstructionists and postmodernists have read things clearly from their perspective. But, there is another perspective that penetrates all the way to the heart of creation. It is the perspective bestowed by the Incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the World. St. Paul saw the “how” and the “why” answered fully in Christ. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17)
The Incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth is that moment and that place where we can rightly relate all things. It is in this Child and in His holy flesh that creation and all things are restored. To announce and to invite a broken world to wholeness, Jesus of Nazareth established the church where His people are united with Him in Holy Baptism. Paul continues: And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn among the dead so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:18-20)
The Incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth is the answer to the problem of the one and the many. Reflect on the consequences of the Incarnation. Recall your baptism which has united you to the innocent Son of God (Romans 6:1-4), refresh your perspective when you participate in His life by receiving His very body and blood at His table, and renew your life by hearing His voice through His holy prophets and apostles. By being joined to this One, every aspect of your life and world are related clearly and rightly. May this issue of For the Life of the World underscore the glory of our Lord’s Incarnation and expound its meaning for your world. Sincerely yours, in Christ’s service,
Rev. Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, President, Concordia Theological Seminary
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From the President
Letters to the Editor
The Incarnational Life by Rev. Dr. Arthur Just Jr. Professor Exegetical Theology Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Ind.
Our life in the church is incarnational, for it brings us into communion with Jesus Christ so that we might delight in Him.
Rituals and the Enactment of the Gospel by Rev. Dr. John W. Kleinig Lecturer at Lutheran Campus, North Adelaide, Australia
Rituals are important for Christians because the Triune God uses them to establish, sustain and extend the church on earth.
Born and Born Again by Debra L. Grime, MD St. Louis, Mo.
At our physical birth, we receive a name. At our spiritual birth, God writes His name on us as we are baptized, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
by Pam Knepper Managing Editor For the Life of the World
Kramer Chapel continues to represent the center of life at the seminary. For in this house of worship, students, staff and faculty gather as a community to receive God’s gifts in His Word and Sacraments. By gathering for worship, the seminary demonstrates the incarnational character of the Body of Christ—His Church.
PRESIDENT Rev. Dr. Dean Wenthe PUBLISHER Rev. Scott Klemsz MANAGING EDITOR Pam Knepper ART DIRECTOR Steve Blakey
For the Life of the World is published quarterly by Concordia Theological Seminary Press, 6600 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher of For the Life of the World. Copyright 1998. Printed in the United States. Postage paid at Fort Wayne, Indiana. To be added to our mailing list please call 219/452-2150 or e-mail Rev. Scott Klemsz at CTSNews. For the Life of the World is mailed to all pastors and congregations of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the United States and Canada and to anyone interested in the work of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
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In The Field by Pam Knepper Managing Editor For the Life of the World
Features the Rev. Rick Milas, Campus Pastor at University Lutheran Church at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. 3
Readers share their
This magazine is WONDERFUL! The pearl in the crown of an already fantastic seminary. Please tell all your colleagues— including Dr. Wenthe—to keep up the good work. This is exactly what the church is crying for. Rev. John M. Berg Vermillion, S. D. In your March 1998 issue, the Rev. John Fiene stated, “We practice closed communion.” We find no mention of closed communion in the Lutheran Confessions, nor do we find it in Franz Pieper’s Christian Dogmatics. The 1943 synodical catechism mentions closed communion in connection with Romans 16 and 17. But this is hardly closed communion. Holy Communion is, by its very nature and will of Christ who instituted it, certainly not closed. Such a concept of closed communion reeks of legalism and an oversimplification of a very deep and complex theological issue. Rev. Robert Brueckner Central Nyack, N.Y.
This letter is in response to the article written by Dr. Gene Veith in the March issue of For the Life of the World. Dr. Veith felt he needed to rip and back everything he could to prove himself right about worship in the LCMS. I choose to take a different approach. And here it is: “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23) As you can see, Dr. Veith, Jesus says nothing about the blue hymnal. Danny Mathis Yorkville, Ill.
Your magazine is done in such a beautiful way, but more importantly, it is so well grounded in the Word. We really need this one and I look forward to the next issue. Thank you so much. Erwin Esslinger Fort Wayne, Ind.
Thank you for your recent issue of For the Life of the World which was devoted to giving a much-needed caution about indiscriminately adopting from American Protestantism worship styles which run counter to our Lutheran heritage and traditional liturgy. The articles are well-written, insightful and, for the most part, free of the polemics and misrepresentations which so frequently accompany this kind of discussion. I am looking forward to a future issue which is devoted to exploring ways Lutheran congregations can responsibly use liturgies and songs that are not considered traditional. I am sure one article in that issue would include a much-needed caution about indiscriminately adopting practices, such as emphasizing externals (dress, posture, symbolism) over faith in the heart; elevating liturgy above preaching; assuming that a worship service that includes Holy Communion is somehow better or more complete than a service of the Word. May our gracious Heavenly Father guide all our discussions on this important topic and your magazine’s (and the seminary’s) participation in those discussions. Rev. Mark D. Brandt Frankenmuth, Mich.
Having just received the March 1998 issue of For the Life of the World, I am prompted to drop you a note for a couple of reasons. First, may I compliment you and all who are involved on this publication. All of the subjects treated are so relative to the church today, and I was particularly impressed with Dr. Veith’s treatment in Through All Generations and Dr. Gieschen’s beautiful presentation of From Where Do Christian Children Come? I am one of the older generation and though I admit to a specific attachment to the traditional worship settings with an attempt at understanding the complete rationale behind the focus on the contemporary, I have seen some of the failed attempts at throwing out so many hymns in favor of all hymns of praise. I am the last of the “old guard” here in Lincoln, having been here 57 years in the same congregation. And while in the new group, who have taken our places in the fifteen congregations in this circuit, we have some brilliant young men. Several of them have already demonstrated how completely a church service of worship can change. I thank God this does not seem to be in the plans at my own congregation. I do see some signs, too, of Generations X and Y seeking satisfaction for their spiritual lives through the traditional liturgies. Rev. Melvin Tassler Lincoln, Neb. May I join my voice in the chorus of thanks to you for For the Life of the World. What a refreshing voice of confessing Christianity and the Lutheran confessional movement today! I continue to look forward to receiving this exciting publication! Rev. Stephen Krueger Portland, Ore.
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How is it possible to be so discouraged and suddenly so overjoyed upon reading two pieces of mail—both received the same day? Our local Lutheran church’s newsletter reported adopting the new name of Spirit of Joy Fellowship (contemporary service only, Lutheran not mentioned) for a mission church in a rapidly growing area of our city. In the same mail, your March issue of For the Life of the World brought renewed hope that finally someone is speaking out across the miles expressing my feelings about the church growth concept that is sweeping (brainwashing) pastors and many members of our Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod. The comment, “The church has deserted us—where do we go now?” is something I’ve heard far too often. May the Lord of the Harvest send forth pastors who will express and boldly proclaim the faith of Luther. Since I do not want your inspiring new publication to become a scandal magazine, but rather a positive one speaking out in truth, this letter is bring written to encourage you in letting your readers know that conservative churches are thriving without using the new praise songs and trimmings. Having served with my husband in India and in Germany, I am not rigid in worship format. However, the trend is leaning so far away from our Lutheran heritage, I had to express myself. Dorothy Smith Ooltewah, Tenn.
Dr. Veith’s article, Through All Generations, should be required reading for all clergy in our beloved Synod. As a member of Generation X, I feel he is right on the money. Despite sincere efforts to be relevant, most contemporary liturgies leave me feeling empty, and ironically are not very entertaining either.
I think Lutherans are most effective and attractive to seekers when we try to be ourselves, evangelical and catholic, confessional and sacramental. My feelings were confirmed by your In the Field article about Pastor Fiene, whose congregation has grown admirably by emphasizing Word and Sacrament and using the traditional liturgy. The photos with the article show Advent Church’s new sanctuary built in the Victorian Gothic style. Let those in the church growth movement take heed. Please keep up the good work. If your magazine honestly reflects the attitude and direction of Concordia Theological Seminary, then there is hope for our Synod yet. Mr. and Mrs. John Wilks Schaumburg, Ill.
I received my copy of For the Life of the World and found it interesting and well designed with good eye appeal. I also found it interesting that Dr. Veith’s article began with thoughtful insights into the changes that have occurred in succeeding generations, from the post WWII generations to today’s Generation X. But it ended up being an article defending the notion that only liturgical services and hymns from our Lutheran hymnals offer meaningful worship. Dr. Veith’s article fails in several respects. First of all, it portrays contemporary worship as shallow and self-focused. Since I am not aware of his experience with so-called contemporary (I prefer alternate) worship, it would be unfair of me to assume that he has experienced the alternate worship I have experienced. The alternate worship that I have experienced is theologically sound, uses songs that emphasize our sinfulness and need of a Savior, and song that are usually direct quotations of the Psalms, the Apostolic Word and the Gospels.
While liturgical worship is meaningful and enriching, our Synod is surely not so rigid in deciding what is acceptable worship that it moves against the Confessions which affirm that a congregation is free to use those forms that if finds helpful and edifying, and that support the mission we have from God to reach out to people of all cultures. I may be wrong in assuming such evangelical openness to variant forms of worship. By insisting on our treasured heritage in a rigid manner, we probably have surrendered the production of the African American hymnal supplement. Dr. Veith says that the answer to objections by the older post WWII to his view of contemporary service(s) is “not to give them a big band service. Nor to give Generation X a punk or hip-hop or death metal service. The answer is in the genius of the hymnbook.” Has it occurred to him that many of our people object to just that solution? I hope that For the Life of the World will continue to include articles that provoke thought and inspire like The Golden Thread of God’s Presence which traces the spiritual journey of Helen Kraus. She’s one of our Lord’s real troopers! Rev. Delmar Krueger Danville, Ill.
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he incarnational life began when Jesus Christ broke into our world. Coming down from heaven. Jesus was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man. From the moment of His conception, the world has never been the same. Jesus the creator has entered our creation as a creature for one purpose–to make all things new. To make things new, God the Father needed to make things right, and so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into our world. Something had gone terribly wrong with our humanity that God had created in His image. Jesus entered our fallen world to release it from its captivity of darkness and death by spending His life in suffering and death. He came to live among us to show how God first created us to be when He created us in His own image. Jesus experienced the full tragedy of our fallen humanity, becoming sin for us, so that He
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might reverse sin’s curse, and make right what had gone wrong. Jesus entered into this messy world of our making in order to be faithful even unto death and restore our flesh to God’s image and make us whole. The empty tomb testifies that death could not hold Him, and that His risen flesh now fills all creation with new life. The world can never go back to the state it was before Jesus entered our cosmos in human flesh. Now and forever the world is marked by His incarnation. The very same flesh and blood Jesus who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried, on the third day rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven, and 6
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sits at the right hand of the Father continThis is the essence of Christ’s fleshly presChristian puts on Christ, he enters the ues to be present in His church after the ence in the church’s life and her ministry incarnational life. But as the Christian ascension according to His divine and to the world. In His body, the church, Jesus journeys to his destination of full commuhuman natures in the preaching of the Christ bears witness to a fallen humanity nion with Christ in heaven, he lives under Gospel and the sacramental life of the that He, the Creator of all things, has come the cross where he is continually living in church. to His creation to take flesh and bring in a Christ as he hears His Holy Word and As the church journeys toward heaven, new creation. feeds upon His Holy Food to sustain him it teaches the words of the Lord, it washes “What does it mean to live an incarnaon the journey. His pilgrimage climaxes in at the font, and it feeds God’s people at the tional life in today’s culture?” To live his physical death which is an entrance banquet of the Lord. We believe, teach, incarnationally is to bear witness that to full communion with Christ in His and confess that Jesus Christ is present Jesus Christ is present in our world in His heavenly home. The goal of the journey here in His church, the body of Christ, gifts through which His flesh is given to is to live in Christ’s presence forever through the Gospel and the Sacraments, our flesh as the place and instrument of and to feast at His table for eternity. The the gifts of His presence. God continues to His presence. This is a matter of ChristolChristian pilgrimage is an incarnational send the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, so ogy, that is, a matter of how Jesus Christ is life in Christ. that we might be in communion with Him available to the world through the church Our restoration to life in Christ is ongoforever. When we speak of Jesus’ presby the Holy Spirit. As Christ’s people, we ing by our communion with Him in His ence, we are talking about His fleshly stand in the midst of a broken world as the holy church where He is present in His presence, that is, that very flesh that was presence of Christ to that world because, flesh to continue our health and wholecrucified for us and the very flesh that as the baptized, we bear witness to our ness. In His presence and the presence of a broke the bonds of death on the third day. words and lives to the Christ who dwells restored creation, we are fed by His flesh How the eternal God made flesh to be prein us. Our incarnational lives testify that sent in His church in simple Christ’s presence in the world transforms words, simple water, and the culture and makes it new. Christ is simple bread and wine is part present in the world through us, and He is of the mystery we call the present for the life of the world. incarnational life. Many people today want to know how To live the incarnationto be a Christian. What they are really askal life is to be united to Jesus ing is how to live the incarnational life. Christ—the source of all life. The response, “Be like Christ who lives in This life of communion with you!” But they will ask, “What does this Jesus begins at the font where we were mean?” The answer, “Love your enemies, cleansed from our uncleanness and be merciful and compassionate, made whole in Him. His suffering Many people today want to know how to be a forgive, and do works of charity.” and resurrected flesh restores our But they will ask, “How is this Christian. What they are really asking is how impure and unclean flesh to wholedone?” The answer, “Come to ness and wellness. The new font at to live the incarnational life. The response, church and receive the gifts of Kramer Chapel reminds our commu- “Be like Christ who lives in you!” But they Christ’s flesh in hearing the Gospel nity that we enter the incarnational will ask, “What does this mean?” The and feasting at His banquet. And then life in baptism where we put on answer, “Love your enemies, be merciful and go out into the world and be what Christ and receive a new identity that compassionate, forgive, and do works you have become in Christ!” This is defines our life by His life. the incarnational life! of charity.” Life itself is a journey from birth to death. For the Christian, life is a as He speaks to us in His Word and feeds pilgrimage from baptism to death, which us His holy meal of His very body and is the entrance into eternity. In the waters The Rev. Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr. is a blood at the banquet He has prepared. Our of Holy Baptism the Christian gets death professor of Exegetical Theology life in the church is incarnational for it over with as he dies and is buried with at Concordia Theological Seminary, brings us into communion with Jesus Christ and is reborn to new life in Christ Fort Wayne, Ind. Christ so that we might delight in Him. that never ends. In baptism, when the
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ary Douglas, an eminent English anthropolowhat people have in common, but are performative enactments gist claims, “As a social animal, man is a which do what they mean and mean what they do. So, for examritual animal.” By this she means that like ple, the ceremony of marriage makes a couple husband and wife, language, ritual is essential to the life of any just as the rite of ordination makes a person a pastor in the church. community and the existence of people in Ritual involves community. By means of ritual, people who people physically are otherwise disconnected, can live and work together socially in in some enacta family, or a congregation, or a nation. ment—it commuOnce we all live in a community, we are all involved in ritual. nicates something We may find that hard to accept for ourselves, even though we see bodily from perit quite readily in the odd behavior of strangers. In fact, I would son to person in a maintain that if you really want to understand how the Lutheran community. Yet, Church-Missouri Synod or your congregation works, you need to even though it examine it’s rituals. They are the key to understanding any comengages people munity. physically, it comBecause we confuse ritual with its abuse, we underestimate its municates with importance. Like many other Christians and our secular contempeople at all levels poraries, we treat ritual with contempt. Ritual, we reckon, is used of their being. At by Roman Catholics to evade the simple truth of the Gospel and its best, it acts mystify ordinary people. And so we speak rather disparagingly of it as empty or meaningless or dead, as if it were in itself alien to the Gospel and contrary to true piety. Yet, I could maintain ritual is just as important for us Lutherans as doctrine. In fact, doctrine cannot operate properly and be understood rightly apart from ritual. If the Gospel is divorced from its ritual enactment in the divine service, it becomes disincarnate and ineffectual. It ceases to be “the power of the Lord for the salvation of everyone who believes” and is reduced to a system of religious ideas—a religious ideology for individuBy Rev. Dr. John W. Kleinig als. But since the Gospel has to do with the gracious presence and activity of the risen Lord Jesus with His people, it is upon the whole enacted ritually. p e r s o n — b o d y, Rituals reveal the basic values and beliefs of a community. They soul, and spirit. show what people have in common with each other, what binds So, for example, a them together, what is most important to them. That is why meals, kiss is not just one birthdays, weddings and funerals are so significant for families. of many physical But since rituals express what is taken for granted by everybody forms of contact in a particular community, people are largely unaware of their full nor does it merely significance. They usually remain unexplained until they are convey the idea of questioned. Nobody needs to tell you the meaning of a hug or the love. Rather, by holding of hands. Yet, you would be hard put to explain exactly means of a kiss, what they mean. In fact, mutual behavior is hard to explain two people make because it is part of a common world view—the whole system of love and share values shared by a community. their love with each other. Rituals do not just embody the basic views of a community— The same goes for the Gospel! Christ does not convey forgivethey constitute and maintain its common life. They don’t just show ness to us theoretically, but physically by the rite of absolution.
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And that affects our whole being. We are not born again by thinking about the doctrine of regeneration, but are regenerated totally through faith in the sacrament of baptism. Christ does not interact with us in a disincarnate way in our worship, but by His ritual embodiment for us in the sacrament where He gives His body and blood to us physically. So then, by means of the rituals which Christ has established,He engages us fully at all levels of our being— from the physical to the spiritual— and communicates the Gospel comprehensively to us. Generally speaking, rituals constitute communities in four different ways. First, they found new communities. Thus, a new congregation begins with the performance of the divine service in a new location. Secondly, rituals initiate people into local communities. A convert to Christianity becomes a member of the church through the rite of baptism. Thirdly, rituals integrate people with each other in a community so that they can cooperate and share with each other. You can see these most obviously in the function of family meals and the importance of the Lord’s Supper in your congregation. Lastly, rituals enable communities to operate corporately by choosing leaders and conferring authority on them, as happens in the call and installation of a pastor in a congregation. Ritual, then, is important for us as Christians because the Triune God uses it to establish, sustain and extend the church on earth. He uses certain ritual enactments which He Himself has established to JUNE 1998
speak His life-giving Word to us and to interact with us physical beings physically. Lutherans call these divinely instituted rituals the means of grace. Through them Christ continues His ministry as the God-man in and through the church, from His ascension to the close of the age. Through them God the Father gives us His Holy Spirit. Christ therefore interacts with us ritually in the divine service. He calls us into the presence of the Father, and forgives us our sins. He speaks His Word to us, which accomplishes what it says to us. He leads us in our prayers to His Heavenly Father. He shares His own eternal life with us through his body and blood, so that through them we are drawn into His fellowship with the Father.
Ritual is important for us as Christians because the Triune God uses it to establish, sustain and extend the church on earth. He uses certain ritual enactments which He Himself has established to speak His life-giving Word to us and to interact with us physical beings physically. Lutherans call these divinely instituted rituals the means of grace. Through them Christ continues His ministry as the God-man in and through the church, from his ascension to the close of the age. Through them God the Father gives us His Holy Spirit. He conveys the blessing of the Father to us and gives us the Holy Spirit to empower us to live and work with Him. All this is mediated ritually through word and action in worship. So then, we Christians cannot do without ritual if we are to be faithful to our Lord. By His incarnation He has chosen to engage us physically with natural things, such as water, bread and wine, as well as human words and acts. Through these He creates and sustains our faith. Through these He establishes the church as a heavenly community on earth and empowers us to lead heavenly lives on earth. These holy things make and keep us holy. Ritual is therefore just as important as right doctrine, for apart from it we have no access to the Living God.
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BORN &&BOR BORN BORN By Debra L. Schaeffer Grime, MD ave you ever seen the birth of a baby? It is an asked to be born,” they are right. Birth is not in our conawesome experience for parents to see their son trol. It happens to us. The spiritual life of faith given at or daughter emerge, hear the first cry and touch baptism is not reliant upon something we do or say. It is those little fingers. Tears of joy flow freely. It’s a miracle imparted to us through the water and the Word by our to see a birth. Seeing your child’s birth is watching a loving God. Physical and spiritual birth occurs to us not manifestation of love—God’s and yours. by us. Even conception isn’t our action. Begotten by People are often excited when they hear that I deliver father and borne by mother, we come into this world babies. Everybody would like a job where you get to see inheriting their sinful nature. Being born again in bapa miracle each day. How much more exciting for the tism by the Holy Spirit, we are given a new nature that church to be able to witness spiritual births at baptisms! allows us to see a remnant of God’s creation in Eden If we acknowledge the miracle of our fleshly birth, how where He made our first parents in His image. much more should we celebrate the miracle of Our spiritual and physical births occur our spiritual birth. only once. We have only one birthdate “I tell you the truth, no one can enter and we have only one baptismal birththe kingdom of God unless he is born of date. The product of these births, our water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth physical body and our spiritual life, to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to may grow or change but we always spirit. You should not be surprised at my have the same body and the same saying, ‘You must be born again.’ “ faith. We don’t get more. You either (John 3:5-7) have life or you don’t. I think that Jesus used the expression At our physical birth, we receive a born again because He desires us to see the name. A name gives us an identity. Our similarities of our spiritual last name is the family and physical births. After name to whom we belong. delivering a friend’s child, I The spiritual life of faith given at Baptism is not That family is responsible was asked to be her godmoth- reliant upon something we do or say. It is for you. At our spiritual er. Witnessing both her phys- imparted to us through the water and the Word birth, God writes His ical and spiritual births made name on us as we are bapme see parallels between the by our loving God. Physical and spiritual birth tized, “In the name of the occurs to us not by us. two events. Father, and of the Son, First of all, we are known and of the Holy Spirit.” both before our physical and spiritual births. My friend This is the God to whom we belong. This is the One to and I saw my future godchild by ultrasound before she whom and by whom our worship begins, “In the name was born. We knew she was a girl. We could even see her of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” little fist that kept causing such pain for mom. We prayed This is the name by which our “called and ordained minfor her before we knew her name. God also knows us ister of the Word” forgives all our sins. We are not “of the before we are born either physically or spiritually. He world” but “of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” This is searches for us, knowing our sin before we sin, providthe name into which we are born again. God gives us our spiritual identity and faith. ing salvation while we still are in our sinful state. In the womb, the baby is submerged in amniotic fluid, Being born either physically or spiritually is not a which we commonly call the bag of water. Prenatally, decision we can make. When children say, “I never
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RN AGAIN this water is vital for the maturation of the developing baby. At birth, this bag of water is either broken spontaneously or the physician opens the membranes allowing the water to pour out. Isn’t it interesting that the essential element in baptism is water? The flow of water is vital for both physical and spiritual birth. Lastly, being born is bloody business. The placenta that supports the life of the pregnancy is bathed in blood. After the birth is completed, this blood flows quite freely until the womb contracts. Blood is important to life because it takes away the body’s waste products and brings vital oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues. Spiritual life is bloody business too. Christ had to die. His blood was shed to take away our spiritual waste called sin and to bring us the vital spiritual nutrients of forgiveness, life and salvation. “But when they came to Jesus and found that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.” (John 19:33-34) New life always requires water and the shedding of blood. We see this in physical birth. We see this in the church’s sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Having once been created in the mother’s womb, now created in the church’s font, and Having once been nourished by placental blood, now nourished by the chalice of Christ, and Having once been bathed with amniotic water, now bathed with spiritual water, May you always have life in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
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”Even as the tabernacle and temple were the loci of God's gracious presence for the Old Testament faithful, so the church from its inception has set aside sacred space or sanctuaries to receive Christ's presence through His holy means of Word and Sacrament. Kramer Chapel is the heartbeat of the seminary as Christ here bestows His full and abundant life."
Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, President Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne
t is no mistake that when the current campus of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) was built in the 1950s, its chapel—Kramer Chapel, was placed at the center. Rising far above all the other buildings, the chapel received the most attention in the design stage as it was intended to represent the central focus of the seminary. Today, that focus remains the same. For in this house of worship, students, staff, and faculty continually gather as a community to receive God’s gifts in His Word and Sacraments. By gathering for worship, the seminary demonstrates the incarnational character of the Body of Christ—His Church. “Christ is present on our campus in exactly the ways that He promises to be—His Word and Sacraments. These gifts are abundant in our life together at CTS,” explained Rev. Richard Resch, Kantor at CTS. “Students, faculty and staff are blessed with several opportunities daily to gather in Kramer Chapel to receive this heavenly food. This prayer life is the center of our life together, everything else flows from this.” Throughout the day, multiple opportunities exist to worship. Beginning at 7:30 in the morning, the chapel bells invite the community to Matins, followed a few hours later with Morning Prayer, and again in the afternoon for Vespers. On two evenings each week, Compline and Evening Prayer are also offered. “At each service the seminary community is fed by the daily lectionary readings that reinforce the theological substance of the
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previous Sunday’s Gospel,” explained life has, for many students, been a strong Rev. Daniel Reuning, Dean of the Chapel and positive factor in the decision to come at CTS. “And for those who are unable to to the Fort Wayne seminary. attend each service, the schedule for all “The worship of Christ is the most funservice readings is published in our Semidamental aspect of pastoral formation. As nary Prayer Book with the encouragement the Scripture says, ‘Faith comes by hearand hope that they will be read at home or ing the message, and the message is heard in the dormitory. Thus, the whole semithrough the Word of Christ.’ (Romans nary community has available to them a 10:17),” said Lance O’Donnell, CTS rich nourishment of God’s wholesome, Seminarian. “Thus, worship in Kramer sustaining Word.” Chapel, in the midst of CTS’ rigorous In the course of daily worship, the academic program, not only builds one seminary community prays for those spiritually but serves as a constant who have sorrows and concerns as well reminder that Christ Himself is both as those who are rejoicing over a good the content and the purpose of theologgift. ical study.” “We pray for church, Along with providing synod, districts (on a rotatspiritual renewal, the woring basis), all our leaders, ship life at Kramer Chapel families, those who are ill, and for ouralso provides lessons for members of selves,” explained Kantor Resch. “One its community. of the many benefits these daily prayers “I have learned the value of repoffer is the increased opportunity to etition as a catechetical and memory pray for many people and many needs aid. My need for the liturgy sections in in the church.” the hymnal has decreased substantially Along with worship opportunities, and I have memorized many of the Confession and Absolution is also canticles telling of our supreme Lord offered on a daily basis. Jesus Christ. It has demonstrated to “I am delighted that private me that the repeated use of standard Confession and liturgical forms Absolution is catechizes in a available,” painless fashexplained Daryl ion,” explained Worship in Kramer Chapel, in the Biberdorf, CTS Daryl Bibermidst of CTS’ rigorous academic proSeminarian. dorf. “The fact “When my sins that many of gram, not only builds one spiritually begin to trouble these forms are but serves as a constant reminder me greatly, quite old has my Confessor also given me a that Christ Himself is both the content graciously prosense of unity and the purpose of theological study. nounces the with the saints words of life, who have gone ‘I therefore forbefore. The give you all Church is one your sins.’ It is difficult to describe the throughout time. It is more than a simple relief and comfort which accompany gathering of believers; it is the actual body these words.” of Christ Himself. To change our voices, Often referred to as the “jewel” of the the liturgical forms, is for the hand to fight campus, Kramer Chapel and its worship with the body.”
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In the Field is a special feature section that focuses on the life and ministry of a pastor within the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
Confessing the Faith at College
Many people believe that the one person who can have the single greatest affect over whether a man decides to enter the Holy Ministry is their pastor. In the case of Rev. Rick Milas this belief was more than an observation; it was the truth. Growing up in Des Plaines, Ill. during the 1950s and 60s, Rev. Milas and his family attended St. John’s Rev. Milas says that for men Lutheran Church (located in Mt. who are considering campus Prospect), which at that time was led ministry, there are several by the Rev. Waldemar Streufert. things that they should be “I remember even as a young boy aware of before accepting a what a great effect Pastor Streufert call as a campus pastor. had on me. His sermons continually 1 You must be somebody that is reminded all of us that we should going to stand your ground on have a great reverence for Christ and your beliefs. that we should continually thank and 2 You must have a loving way praise Him for what He had done for about you with the students each of us by dying on the cross,” otherwise your behavior may said Rev. Milas. “This reverence drive them away from was demonstrated in my pastor’s the church. sermons, the way in which he led the 3 Remember that students like to liturgy, and in his everyday life. He experiment by thinking out loud. was a very faithful man who took 4 Be aware that students will the duties of the pastoral office come to talk with you about very seriously.” issues that you may not Along with preaching, Rev. agree with. Streufert was also very dedicated 5 You will work late night hours. to the confirmation classes that 6 You must have a good sense he taught. of humor. “Rev. Streufert always said that he 7 Be willing to do activities with hoped that at least one boy out of the students that you may not each of his confirmation classes necessarily find important but would end up going to seminary to may turn out to be the perfect become a pastor,” remembered Rev. opportunity for you to talk with Milas. “In my case that ended up the students. being true. Rev. Streufert was an 8 If you are interested in campus excellent pastor and because of his ministry, let your seminary influence on me I eventually decided placement officer or district to devote my life to serving Christ in president know. the Holy Ministry.” But like many young men, Rev. Milas’ decision to become a pastor 14
did not happen overnight. Entering Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill., in the fall of 1971, Rev. Milas began his freshman year as a pre-pharmacy student. “Even though Rev. Streufert’s influence on me had been very strong, I really was not sure what I wanted to do with my life when I first began college,” explained Rev. Milas. “It wasn’t until I started getting involved with my campus church and talking with my campus pastor that it became clear to me that I wanted to become a pastor.” After much thought and prayer, Rev. Milas made the decision during his sophomore year of college that once he graduated he would enter Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), then located in Springfield, Ill. Graduating in 1975 with a degree in economics, Rev. Milas began his seminary studies that fall. Describing his years at CTS as an excellent experience, Rev. Milas said one of the things that he particularly liked about the seminary was the faculty. “Among others, Dr. Scaer, Dr. Reuning, Dr. Weinrich, Dr. Judisch and Dr. Voelz were very good,” said Rev. Milas. “I particularly enjoyed these men because they not only wanted us to learn but they wanted us to think on our own and not be afraid to express ourselves.” Rev. Milas credits his seminary education as the key in being able to deal effectively with the liberal theology that is so rampant in American society today. “I was taught intellectual conservative confessional theology while at the seminary,” explained Rev. Milas. “And because of the theological education that I received, today I am able to defend the faith of Jesus Christ even in the face of adversity.” Graduating in 1979 from the seminary, Rev. Milas’ first call was to Christ Lutheran Church in Clinton, Ill. Describing the congregation as wonderful with great people, Rev. Milas says that it was during his sixth year of serving this congregation that he began to seriously think about going in a different direction with his ministry. “Because of the positive experiences I had had at For the Life of the World
my own college church, I began to think what it would be like to leading the church, this often means late hours so that he can be head up a campus ministry,” remembered Rev. Milas. “So I began available for the students. to talk with my district president about these feelings.” “College students are in school during the day so that means A year later, Rev. Milas received a call to serve as campus pastor most of their free time is at night,” explained Rev. Milas. “As their at University Lutheran Chapel at the University of Wisconsin at pastor, I need to be available to them even if that means being Milwaukee. Beginning in June 1986, Rev. Milas served this awake late at night to talk with them.” congregation for three years until February 1991 when he decided Rev. Milas says the biggest challenge he is facing today as a to return to the parish and accepted a call to serve as associate campus pastor is the lure the big conservative, non-denominational pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Allis, Wis. church bodies are having on college students. A large congregation composed of some 2,700 members, during “These church bodies emphasize a theology that puts the person Rev. Milas’ two years at St. Paul’s he was primarily responsible for at the center instead of Christ,” explained Rev. Milas. “For many leading the youth and stewardship programs at the church. people this is very alluring.” “After serving at St. Paul’s for two years it was becoming One of the ways that Rev. Milas is combating this challenge is by apparent to me that I missed college ministry,” explained Rev. offering a ministry to the students whose sole focus is centered Milas. “So when the call to Immanuel Lutheran Church at Northern around the Word of God and the Sacraments. Illinois University was extended, I decided to take it.” “I have found that the appeal of the non-denominational churchBeginning in September 1994, the college ministry at Northern es only lasts for so long before students start questioning where the Illinois University DeKalb, Ill. doctrine is,” said Rev. Milas. was what Rev. Milas referred to “Once they discover that there as a town-gown ministry. is none, then many students “Myself and another pastor either come back to our church served the church,” explained or they decide to visit us for Rev. Milas. “I handled the the first time. Our ministry of gown ministry which meant the Word and Sacrament is very students and the other effective because they see that pastor handled the town Christ is and should be at the ministry which included the center of the worship service local community.” instead of humans.” After serving Immanuel Rev. Milas says another Lutheran for three and a half thing that is most troubling years, Rev. Milas accepted his to him is the prevailing attitude current call as campus pastor at by many people that campus University Lutheran Church at ministry is not important the University of Illinois at and therefore should be Urbana/Champaign, beginning eliminated. in September 1994. “Campus ministry not only The congregation serves the offers students a church where students at the university and they can go on campus but our averages around 95 worshipuniversity campuses desperpers every Sunday. A ministry that is Students need a voice that clearly proclaims ately need a confessional voice,” grounded in Word and Sacrament, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, explained Rev. Milas. “On the one Rev. Milas teaches classes on the and that we must observe everything He hand we have the voice of other reliLutheran Confessions, books of gions along with the conservative, the Bible, follows the liturgy, and teaches. For if there is no confessional voice non-denominational churches and on on our university campuses then students will the other hand there is the world’s practices closed communion. One of the things that Rev. Milas more than likely gravitate towards these other voice. Students need a voice that particularly enjoys about college voices that do not speak the clear Gospel of clearly proclaims that Jesus Christ is ministry is the fact that you can conthe only way of salvation, and that we centrate solely on the things of the Jesus Christ. must observe everything He teaches. ministry. “What I mean by that is worship and Bible study,” said Rev. Milas. “Since I am the one solely responsible for everything at the church I can concentrate on what a pastor has been called to do— namely to preach the Word and administer the Sacraments. I don’t have to spend my days in meetings with different church boards because in campus ministry these groups don’t exist.” On the other hand, because he is the sole person responsible for JUNE 1998
This is something that needs to be taken very seriously. For if there is no confessional voice on our university campuses then students will more than likely gravitate towards these other voices that do not speak the clear Gospel of Jesus Christ. And for that to happen would be a pure tragedy.” Rev. Milas and his wife Martha reside in Champaign, Ill. along with their two children, John and Laura.
SEMINARY HOSTS ver ve 700 people representing the church bodies of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and the Roman Catholic Church
came to Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, on April 15 to listen and take part in a dialogue that focused on the ecumenical movement. The evening began with a welcome by Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, President of CTS, who expressed his appreciation in regard to the The Rev. Richard G. Frazier, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., standing, introduces the Rev. Prof. Kurt E. Marquart, seriousness by which the present associate professor of systematic theology at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, pictured far left, Cardinal Edward I. pontiff has taken in regards to Cassidy, president of the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, pictured center, and Dr. Eugene L. Brand, doctrine and dogma, in particular, retired assistant general secretary for ecumenical affairs for the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), all featured speakers during a Lutheran/Catholic Dialogue held April 15 at CTS. his vigorous efforts on behalf of the Christian vision of life and the In his address, Cardinal Cassidy dealt first with the nature of the sanctity of the unborn. Catholic Church’s commitment to ecumenism, based especially Cardinal Edward I. Cassidy, president of the Catholic Church’s on the teaching of Pope John Paul II in the Encyclical Ut Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, followed with a unum sint. keynote address entitled, Commitment to Ecumenism and Its Con“The Encyclical should be seen first and foremost as an urgent sequences for the Churches and the Faithful. appeal not only to the bishops, clergy, religious and faithful of the Catholic Church, but to all Christians,” said Cardinal Cassidy. “Restoring unity is to be considered a task for all members of the Church, according to the ability of each.” Cardinal Cassidy went on to explain what ecumenism is to the Catholic Church, in the words of Pope John Paul II. “Ecumenism is not just some sort of appendix which is added to the Church’s traditional activity. Rather, ecumenism is an organic part of her life and work, and consequently must pervade all that she is and does. It must be like the fruit borne by a wealthy and flourishing tree which grows to its full stature.” Cardinal Cassidy explained that in order for ecumenism to work, a new mentality in all that concerns other Christians first must take place. “Pope John Paul II has stated on at least two occasions that it is not enough for Christians simply to tolerate one another. If we are brothers and sisters, then we must love another. We must respect one another and care for one another,” said Cardinal Cassidy. Over 700 people representing the church bodies of the Lutheran Church-Missouri “Hence, there can be no place in our minds for the old prejudices, Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and the Roman Catholic Church stereotypes, suspicions. The well-being of my brother or sister came to Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, on April 15 to listen and take part in a dialogue that focused on the ecumenical movement.
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/Catholic Dialogue By Pam Knepper
Christian should be my joy; the difficulties faced by his or her Life,” explained Rev. Marquart. “That life-giving truth is the one church my concern. In particular, we should be sensitive to the thing needful, the only genuine way and key to the ultimate ecubeliefs and deep convictions of the other, even when we cannot menical goal of visible unity in full communion.” share those same beliefs and convictions.” Along with facing the hard issues of truth, Another point that Cardinal Cassidy Rev. Marquart was quick to point out that touched on was the serious involvement of within the ecumenical movement we must theological dialogue. not yield to illusions which could cloud our “There can be no real unity if we remain judgments and dissipate our efforts. deeply divided on doctrinal questions. There “Therefore, it is for us to pursue and press are those who would have us leave aside the toward the divine truth to the very best of old theological disputes and seek to find a our ability,” said Rev. Marquart. “The outdifferent way ahead by coming together come, however, does not lie in our hands, around a Conciliar table,” said Cardinal Casbut in His, who without whom the builders sidy. “Nothing, I believe, could be more disbuild in vain. To Him be all our humble astrous for ecumenism. Those essential acts ecumenical efforts commended.” of our faith that we wish so dearly to share, Dr. Brand, who like Cardinal Cassidy, such as full participation in the Eucharist or stressed the importance of theological the mutual recognition of ministers, can The dialogue ended with a question-and-answer period dialogue, also emphasized the need for from the audience. never take place until we have overcome visible unity. our doctrinal divisions on these and other essential articles of the “The world desperately needs one voice from Christ’s body on Christian faith.” earth,” said Dr. Brand. “Unity is a matter of obedience. One must Cardinal Cassidy concluded his address by stating that even be obedient to the will of God for the unity of the church.” though much has been achieved in the search for Christian unity, The dialogue ended with a question-and-answer period from the much more could be done, with much still to be achieved. audience which was immediately followed with a Vespers service “What seems important to me is that we look forward with hope in Kramer Chapel led by the Rev. Matthew Harrison, pastor of and that we do not become discouraged. God works in this world Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. with poor instruments. We are so often afraid. We are chained to “The Lutheran/Catholic Dialogue was characterized by a forthmemories of the past. We are held back by the divisions within our right discussion of those issues which are at the center of Christown communities,” concluded Cardinal Cassidy. “We have no ian identity—Christ’s person and work, the reliability of Scripture, need to be afraid of the truth. Our Lord Jesus Christ says to us, as and the need for both truth and clarity,” explained Dr. Dean O. he did to his first disciples, ‘Why are you troubled, and why are Wenthe. “The clarity of analysis and positive nature of the discusthese doubts rising in your hearts?’ (Luke 24:38). Our task is sim- sion will serve the Christian community well.” ply ‘to let down the nets’ (Luke 5:4), to have faith in the Lord Jesus, and to allow ourselves to be guided by his Spirit.” Following Cardinal Cassidy, were responses from Rev. Prof. Kurt E. Marquart, associate professor of systematic theology at CTS, and Dr. Eugene L. Brand, retired assistant general secretary for ecumenical affairs for the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). In Rev. Marquart’s response, he freely admitted that the ecumenical movement has brought about profound changes for the better, so far as the attitudes of Christians are concerned, but that we need to move beyond the introductory stages of ecumenism or greeting card ecumenism and face the hard issues of truth. “Truth does not refer to any qualitative achievements of our own fallen and fickle human nature, but it refers to that Truth which alone can make us free. The truth as it is in Jesus, our Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, President of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, pictured in the middle, opened the dialogue with a welcome address. divine, human Savior, who is Himself, the Way, the Truth, and the JUNE 1998
Calls and Vicarages Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, is pleased to announce its spring 1998 calls to the pastoral ministry and vicarage assignments. Fifty-one men received their divine calls on April 22 with the same number receiving their vicarage assignments on April 21.
CALIFORNIA-NEVADA-HAWAII •David Floyd, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Dayton, Nev.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS •Karl Bollhagen, Concordia Lutheran Church, Warsaw, Ill. •Ernest Brooks, Trinity Lutheran Church, Edinburg, Ill.
EASTERN •Zirl E. Yek, Concordia Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, Penn.
ENGLISH •Michael Morehouse, Catalina Lutheran Church, Tuscon, Ariz. •Noel Olse, Trinity Lutheran Church, LaPorte, Ind. •John Reynolds, First Lutheran Church, Stone Mtn., Ga. •Lincoln Winter, Bethany Lutheran Church, Chicago, Ill.
INDIANA •Paul Gramit, Hope Lutheran Church, Cedar Lake, Ind. •Richard Lammert, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. •William Parsons, III, Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Monticello, Ind. •David Stecker, Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, Ind. •James Tews, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind.
IOWA WEST •Steven Barker, Trinity Lutheran Church, Van Meter, Iowa •John Doolittle, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Ireton, Iowa 18
•Mark Haller, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Spirit Lake, Iowa
KANSAS •Alan Estby, Immanuel Lutheran Church and University Student Center, Lawrence, Kan.
MICHIGAN •Douglas DeWitt, Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, Eaton Rapids, Mich. •Stephen Schilke, Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Carleton, Mich. •James Weber, Grace Lutheran Church, Elk Rapids, Mich.
NORTH WISCONSIN •Thomas Mackey, St. Paul’s & Zion Lutheran Churches, Iron River & Amasa, Mich. •David Smith, Calvary Lutheran Church, Waupaca, Wis. NORTHERN ILLINOIS •Elstner Lewis, Jr., St. Philip Lutheran Church, Chicago, Ill. •Paul Mumme, St. Michael & Mt. Calvary Lutheran Churches, Chicago & Franklin Park, Ill.
MINNESOTA NORTH •Paul Mundinger, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hinckley, Minn. •James Wasmuth, Immanuel & Trinity Lutheran Churches, Callaway & Ogema, Minn.
NORTHWEST •Roger Blesi, Deaf Regional Missionary-At-Large, Western Washington & Alaska •James Haugen, Jr., Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hood River, Ore. •Craig Kellerman, Calvary Lutheran Church, Gooding, Idaho
MISSOURI •Larry Feldt, Zion Lutheran Church, Poplar Bluff, Mo. •Duane Osterloth, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kansas City, Mo.
SOUTHEASTERN •Leroy Hansen, Holy Lamb Lutheran Church, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
MINNESOTA SOUTH •Steve Bagnall, Zion and Trinity Lutheran Churches Lewisville, Minn. •Timothy Gordish, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Gibbon, Minn.
MONTANA •Christopher Tabbert, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Eureka, Mont.
NEBRASKA •Paul Duffy, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kenesaw, Neb. •Duane Miesner, Immanuel & Christ Lutheran Churches, Spencer & Lynch, Neb.
NORTH DAKOTA •Arie Bertsch, St. John’s Lutheran Church, McClusky, N.D. •Kirk Douglas, Immanuel & Zion Lutheran Churches, Stirum & Gwinner, N.D.
OHIO •Kenneth Castor, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sidney, Ohio •Mark Matzke, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Solon, Ohio •Keith Knupp, Bethel Lutheran Church, Willowick, Ohio
SOUTHERN •Jerald Dulas, First English Lutheran Church, New Orleans, La. •Timothy Killion, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Tuscaloosa, La. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS •Christopher Esget, Bethel Lutheran Church, DuQuoin, Ill.
TEXAS •Brian Cummins, Trinity Lutheran Church, West Sinton, Texas •Edward Giese, Grace Lutheran Church, Seguin, Texas •Erik Stadler, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hereford, Texas For the Life of the World
WYOMING •Daniel Mulholland, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Fort Bridger, Wyo. •Kirk Peters, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Buffalo, Wyo.
BOARD FOR MISSION SERVICES •Herbert Burch, Jr., Evangelistic Missionary/Church Planter, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America
CALIFORNIA-NEVADA-HAWAII •David DePaoli, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sonora, Calif.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS •Michael Kolesar, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moline, Ill.
ENGLISH •Gerald Bossard, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Blue Bell, Penn.
FLORIDA-GEORGIA •James Martin, Hope Lutheran Church, Bradenton, Fla.
INDIANA •Donald Ehrke, Faith Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ind. •Sean Esterline, Faith Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Ind. •Robin Fish, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Terre Haute, Ind. •Robert Gullion, St. John & St. Mark Lutheran Churches, Rensselaer & Medaryville, Ind. •R. Eric Malmstrom, Lutheran Homes, Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind. •Gregory Manning, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind.
IOWA EAST •Steven Pockat, St. John Lutheran Church, Waverly, Iowa •Kenneth Spence, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Marion, Iowa
IOWA WEST •Mark Abraham, Grace Lutheran Church, LeMars, Iowa •Richard Kelm, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Carroll, Iowa JUNE 1998
MICHIGAN •David Bogda, Grace Lutheran Church, Baldwin, Mich. •John Rutowicz, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Niles, Mich. •Paul Yanke, St. John Lutheran Church, Ionia, Mich. MID-SOUTH •Meredith Jackson, St. Philip Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Tenn. MINNESOTA NORTH •Paul Sundbom, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Crookston, Minn.
MINNESOTA SOUTH •Marc Freiberg, St. John Lutheran Church, Austin, Minn. •David Wetmore, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Waseca, Minn. MISSOURI •Cecil Murdock, Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, Mo. MONTANA •Ian Pacey, First Lutheran Church, Bozeman/Belgrade, Mont. •Kenneth Zoeller, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Billings, Mont.
NEW ENGLAND •Phillip Alexander, Messiah Lutheran Church, Fitchburg, Mass. •Ralph Tausz, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Norwalk, Conn. NORTH DAKOTA •Larry Sheppard, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, New Rockford, N.D.
NORTH WISCONSIN •Daniel Iwinski, Bethany Lutheran Church, Kaukauna, Wis. •Albert Oren, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hayward, Wis. •John Wilman, Zion & Immanuel Lutheran Churches, Turtle Lake & Clayton, Wis.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS •Richard Mau, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Freeport, Ill. •Mark Mumme, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lockport, Ill. •Todd Seaver, Zion Lutheran Church, Beecher, Ill.
NORTHWEST •Thomas Graves, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Ontario, Ore. OHIO •Dean Bauer, St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Ohio City, Ohio •Dennis Dobbins, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Huber Heights, Ohio
OKLAHOMA •Eric Ahlemeyer, Trinity Lutheran Church, Norman, Okla.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN •Jerome Leckband, Zion Lutheran Church, Brighton, Colo. •Michael Nemec, San Pablo Lutheran Church, El Paso, Texas •Matthew Switzer, Messiah Lutheran Church, Aspen, Colo. SOUTH DAKOTA •Jamison Hardy, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Brookings, S.D.
SOUTHERN •Michael Johnson, Prince of Peace & Prilgrim Lutheran Churches, Birmingham, Ala. •Ferry Nye, Trinity Lutheran Church, Montgomery, Ala.
SOUTH WISCONSIN •Clark Brown, St. John Lutheran Church, Berlin, Wis. •Scott Drush, Luther Memorial Chapel, Shorewood, Wis. TEXAS •Allan Eckert, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Kingsville, Texas •David Mueller, Peace Lutheran Church, Garland, Texas
WYOMING •Daniel Holthus, Trinity Lutheran Church, Rock Springs, Wyo.
HAPPENINGS New Professor Joins CTS Faculty — The Rev. Dr. Klaus
Detlev Schulz has accepted a call to serve as an assistant professor in the Department of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Rev. Dr. Klaus Detlev Schulz Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne. He will begin his duties Fall 1998. Before accepting the call, Dr. Schulz had worked since 1994 as a missionary in Serowe, Botswana for the Lutheran Church Mission of S.E.L.K. (Lutheran Church in Germany). He also served as a guest lecturer at CTS during Fall Quarter 1997. In 1987 Dr. Schulz earned his M.Div. degree from Lutherische Theologische Hochschule, Oberursel, Germany. He then served as a vicar in Heidelberg, Germany, from 1990-92 through the Lutheran Church Mission. During that time he earned an S.T.M. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. In 1994 he earned a Th.D. in Systematics and Missions from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Schulz and his wife Cornelia are the parents of two children.
1998 LCMS Youth Gathering — The 1998 LCMS Youth Gathering will be held in Atlanta, Ga., July 25-29. With 30,000 youth expected to attend the event, Rev. Scott Klemsz, Rev. Todd Peperkorn, and Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer, all admissions counselors from CTS, will be on hand to answer any questions young people may have about CTS and life as a seminarian.
Open House for Alumni and Friends — Alumni and friends of
CTS are encouraged to attend a special open house that will be held during the 1998 LCMS Convention, July 11-17 in St. Louis, Mo. CTS will host the special event on Monday, July 13 from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
CTS Hosts Spring Invitational Campus Visit — The Admissions
Office at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, hosted an Invitational Campus Visit (ICV) on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21. Attracting a record number of participants, the annual event brought visitors to the campus from all over the United States. Held every year in the spring and again in the fall, the ICV is an opportunity for prospective students to tour the seminary campus; visit professors, attend chapel and sit in on classes; meet students and their wives; find out about housing, job opportunities and city schools; experience the seminary’s theological, intellectual and pastoral climate; and obtain answers about financial aid and the admissions process. The next ICV will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17, 1998. To register or for more information, call 1-800-4812155.
New Baptismal Font and Paschal Candlestand Installed in Kramer Chapel—A new bap-
tismal font and paschal candlestand were installed at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) in Kramer Chapel on March 6. The font and candlestand were placed at the entrance to the nave, located in the center of the baptistry.
Weighing 3,000 pounds, the font was formed out of a single block of Indiana limestone. The font was paid for by gifts from people throughout the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The new font will serve as a focal point for daily Matins, Vespers and Compline offices as a reminder of the central role baptism plays throughout the life of a Christian. The paschal candlestand, like the font, was also formed from Indiana limestone. The candlestand was given as a gift to the seminary from the Class of 1997. Each piece was designed by local architect Richard Terwillinger and sculpted by artisan William Galloway of Nashville, Ind. A special service to dedicate the new font and paschal candlestand took place in Kramer Chapel on March 25.
A new baptismal font and paschal candlestand were installed at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) in Kramer Chapel on March 6.
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MARTIN LUTHER: LEARNING FOR LIFE by Marilyn J. Harran; Concordia Publishing House; retail price $16.99, our price $15.30. How good is the education students receive in our public schools? Are students getting educations that will help them in life? Should families seriously consider home schooling? In this time of frequent, often rancorous discussion on the fitness of our educational institutions, Dr. Harran has provided “a clear, succinct, and sprightly overview of (1) Luther’s own education, (2) Luther’s educational ideas and program, and (3) the impact (and limitations) of Luther and the magisterial reformers’ work on the educational enterprise and institutions in Luther’s day down to the present.” This will be an excellent volume for a Parent-Teacher organization, school staff or any church thinking about starting a school program in its parish. THE ILLUSTRATED JESUS THROUGH THE CENTURIES by Jaroslav Pelikan; Yale University Press; retail price $35.00, our price $31.50. Professor Pelikan has taken his JESUS THROUGH THE CENTURIES and “condensed the original text and enhanced the book with more than 200 new illustrations, most in color, that give a new dimension to his thoughts.” In chapters titled “The King of Kings,” “The Son of Man,” “Christ Crucified” to name but a few, the reader is given clear narrative and beautiful illustrations. As a gift this volume will grace any coffee table. THE 77 HABITS OF HIGHLY INEFFECTIVE CHRISTIANS by Chris Fabry; Inter-Varsity Press; retail price $10.99, our price $9.90. Few of us exhibit all, but most of us exhibit at least some habits of an ineffective Christian, knowingly or unknowingly. Written in satirical fashion, Mr. Fabry asks the reader to take a true look at his relationship with the Lord and how that relationship is projected to others. It will make and excellent and easy self analysis, but can also be effectively used as an ice breaker or discussion starter for a Bible study, small group, or perhaps, evangelism committee, elders or others in leadership in the congregation. JUNE 1998
LAW AND GOSPEL: PHILIP MELANCHTHON’S DEBATE WITH JOHN AGRICOLA OF EISLEBEN OVER POENITENTIA by Timothy J. Wengert; Baker Book House; retail price $19.99, our price $18.00. There has been increasing interest the last several years in Philip Melanchthon, a disciple of Martin Luther. “The proper distinction between law and gospel” has always been a central theme of Lutheran doctrine. Melanchthon believed that the issue of Law and Gospel had a major impact on and was very consequential for his life. Professor Wengert goes into a detailed discussion of this doctrine and how it “formed the basis of the first public controversy among Luther’s students and profoundly shaped the nature of later Lutheranism by making the distinction between law and gospel one of its distinguishing characteristics.” This book will interest the serious students of Reformation theology.
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Martin Luther: Learning For Life, $15.30
The Illustrated Jesus Through the Centuries, $31.50
The 77 Habits of Highly Ineffective Christians, $9.90
Law and Gospel: Philip Melanchthon’s Debate with John Agricola of Eisleben Over Poenitentia, $18.00
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July 11-17, 1998 St. Louis, Mo.
LCMS Youth Gathering July 25-29, 1998 Atlanta, Ga.
Golf Outing July 25, 1998 Concordia Theological Seminary
Church Interpreter Training Institute Youth Week Begins June 21, 1998 Internship Program Begins June 21, 1998 Concordia Theological Seminary
June 12-14, 1998 College Men’s Retreat on the Holy Ministry Rev. Todd Peperkorn and Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer, Presenters September 17-19, 1998 The Sermon on the Mount: The First Step in Catechesis Rev. Dr. David P. Scaer, Presenter September 18-20, 1998 A Biblical Study of Angels Rev. Dr. Charles Gieschen, Presenter September 25-27, 1998 Altar Guild Retreat Helen Kraus and Rev. Prof. Daniel G. Reuning, Presenters
October 16-18, 1998 Understanding Bach’s Mass in B Minor Rev. Dr. Robin Leaver, Presenter October 22-24, 1998 Fathers of the Church: Pastors, Martyrs, Confessors Rev. Dr. William Weinrich, Presenter October 22-24, 1998 Teaching the Small Catechism Rev. Dr. Charles Arand Presenter
Worship and Music Organist Workshops • Level I - June 8-12, 1998 • Level II - July 20-24, 1998 • Organist Retreat - June 22-26, 1998
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T H E S E M I N A R Y R E M E M B E R S T H E R E V. D R . H O WA R D T E P K E R
he Rev. Dr. Howard Tepker, professor emeritus of systematic theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, died Feb. 26, 1998 in Fort Wayne. He was 86 years old. Dr. Tepker joined the CTS faculty in 1958 as a systematics professor. He retired in 1994 after 36 years of service. Survivors include one son, George Tepker and two daughters, Anna Carson and Barbara Ann Stapper. His wife, Rosalie, died in 1997. Dr. Tepker graduated from Concordia College, Fort Wayne, in 1932. After graduation he attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Upon graduation in 1936, he began parish work in Wilmington, Del., organizing Concordia Lutheran Church. In 1941 he was ordained into the Holy Ministry and called to serve the very church he had helped organize. The following year, Dr. Tepker accepted a dual call to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Marion, Ind. and
Trinity Lutheran Church in Rutherfordton, N.C. He served both parishes until 1948 when he was called to St. John' s Lutheran Church in Beardstown, Ill. During that time, Dr. Tepker entered a graduate program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and received a bachelor of divinity degree in 1953, an STM in 1961 and the Doctor of Theology in 1963. In 1958 he accepted a call to Concordia Theological Seminary (then located in Springfield, Ill.) as an assistant professor in systematic theology. In 1962 he was made an associate professor and three years later was made a full professor. Along with his academic pursuits, Dr. Tepker served as a visitor of the Illinois Valley Circuit from 1954 to 1958 and sat on the Synod's Commission on Theology and Church Relations and the Lutheran-Reformed Dialog. He was also the author of many essays and articles.
CONCORDIA SEMINARY GUILD
NEEDS YOUR HELP
The Seminary Guild at Concordia Theological Seminary is in need of your help to replace 70 well worn mattresses for the single seminary students living in the dorms on campus. The cost of a suitable mattress is $100. To date, $3,000 in donations has been received with $4,000 more still needed. For individuals who wish to donate to this project and take advantage of tax deductions or tax credits, make your check payable to: Concordia Theological Seminary and designate For Mattresses. All others may make their checks payable JUNE 1998
to: The Seminary Guild. Mail checks to: Concordia Theological Seminary, Seminary Guild Box 403, 6600 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46825-4996. If you are a Lutheran Brotherhood member, be sure to request a Matching Funds Grant Form from your Lutheran Brotherhood representative. Fill it out and return to the above address so that the seminary may receive matching funds for this project.
The Seminary Guild is a group of Christian women devoted to serving God by assisting Concordia Theological Seminary and its students in their tasks by stimulating a deeper and more active interest in Concordia Theological Seminary among the members of LCMS parishes; communicating needs and activities of the seminary and its students as reported at guild meetings by seminary representatives, missionaries, students or their wives, along with guild activities; and providing needed services for the seminary and its students according to the guildâ€™s ability.